Words from the Heart for Friday January 31st, 2020
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalm 23:6 (NKJV)
Goodness and Mercy
Back in 2011, the US Internal Revenue Service followed up on its promise to offer mercy to the estimated one million U.S. citizens, including dual citizens living in Canada, many of whom may not be up to date with their U.S. tax filing obligations, by posting a Fact Sheet on its website. The United States imposes taxation based on citizenship, whereas most countries, including Canada, have a residency-based taxation system. For non-compliant U.S. citizens, the IRS is looking for six years’ worth of tax returns and FBARs.
Becoming a follower of Jesus does not protect us from the pain and challenges that life brings our way. It is not a “get out of life’s difficulties free” card in the game of life. What it does mean is that God will always be with us, and He will bless us with goodness and mercy in this life, and the assurance that eternal life is ours? King David understood this, and experienced this, and he wrote this in Psalm 23:6: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” While we won’t be protected from the hard things in life, Jesus – the perfect God-man — lived through everything that life brought His way. We are blessed in so many ways because of our relationship with Jesus. We know the peace that comes in having our sins forgiven, and the goodness of God filling our lives. We have the joy of experiencing God’s mercy when we fail. And when we reach the end of our lives, we have the assurance that heaven awaits. We, too, will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
These have been words from the heart.